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Forensic Nurse & First Response Advocacy

Turning Point’s Forensic Nurse Examiner & First Response Advocacy Program is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide comprehensive medical forensic examinations and emotional support to adults and children who have experienced sexual assault, intimate partner strangulation, and/or human trafficking in Macomb and St. Clair Counties.

  • Specially trained nurses and advocates meet with the survivor and their support person(s) at a confidential space. Nurse and advocates meet the immediate physical and emotional needs of sexual assault, intimate partner strangulation, and human trafficking survivors.
  • Survivors do not have to complete an exam in order to speak with a nurse or advocate. Additionally, all services are free and survivor-driven meaning a survivor may choose to complete all or only parts of the exam.
  • Advocates are present to provide confidential emotional support, crisis intervention, help understanding how the body and brain are impacted and respond to trauma. Additionally, advocates support by sharing survivor rights, resources and advocacy with community systems. 
  • Certain medications need to be started within 72 hours following an assault. If someone has questions regarding medications, please contact our 24-Hour hotline and ask to speak with a nurse.
  • While evidence collection is most effective within 120 hours (5 days) of an assault, if someone has questions or would like to talk to a nurse, they should contact our 24-hour hotline.
  • The Medical Forensic Exam is separate from Law Enforcement. A survivor can contact a nurse or advocate without participating with law enforcement.
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